Hamilton fends off Vettel to win in Belgium

Mercedes man reduces Vettel's championship lead

Belgian Grand Prix – Lewis Hamilton cut Sebastian Vettel’s championship lead to seven points with victory at the Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps.

Lewis Hamilton collected his 58th Grand Prix win – his fourth at the Spa circuit – to increase the pressure on Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel.

The Briton lead for almost the entire race and survived a late post-safety car attack from Vettel in the later stages of the race, with Hamilton equipped with soft tyres and Vettel using the ultra soft tyres.

Following the restart, Hamilton was able to keep enough of a gap to prevent any DRS-equipped attack from Vettel.

Daniel Ricciardo was able to take advantage of the safety car restart by passing Valtteri Bottas on the Kemmel straight to take third place, where he stayed until the chequered flag.

Kimi Raikkonen – who had earlier been given a ten second stop-go penalty for failing to slow down for the double waved yellow flags – was able to pass Bottas in the same manoeuvre to take fourth place, ahead of his fellow Finn.

Renault’s Nico Hulkenberg claimed the midfield honours with a sixth-place finish ahead of Haas’ Romain Grosjean and Felipe Massa, who recovered from a poor qualifying to bring his Williams up to eighth place.

The mid-race safety car period was brought out for a collision between the two Force India drivers; Esteban Ocon and Sergio Perez.

Following on from their wheel-banging in the opening metres of the race, the pair came to blows later on in the Grand Prix.

With Ocon challenging Perez on the approach to Eau Rouge, Perez edged Ocon close to the concrete wall, causing the pair to touch. Perez’s rear wheel touched Ocon’s front wing and scattered debris, with both cars needing to pit.

Ocon was able to recover to ninth place, finishing ahead of Toro Rosso’s Carlos Sainz.

To view the full results of the race, click here.

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Luke Murphy

As an FIA-accredited motor sport journalist, degree-level Motorsport Engineer and amateur karter, Luke's passion for motor sport is evident. He is one of the editors at FormulaSpy and one of the longest-standing members of the team.

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